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where to stay during the festival
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i was looking into some stuff and the prices in pamplona during the festival are outrageous. does anybody know of a nearby town or prefferably city that is close enough to catch the earliest train and make it in time to run? i’m looking to secure a room for myself and two friends to just basically keep our stuiff safe and sleep for a couple hours here and there. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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All the surrounding towns are booked up as well and the trains do not run early enough to do it that way. The prices are all about supply and demand, it is the same if you go to New York during the high season. But in Pamplona you only have 10 days of a high season but 2.5 million people want to go and party in a town that only has less than 3000 hotel beds. So your options are either sleep out in a park and maybe get robbed or wet, or get some rooms somewhere. The trick to get a good deal on rooms is to be very flexible on dates, that way you should be able to pick something up for around $100 USD per person per night. The weakness of the USD does not help. The fiesta is the best party in the world, so everybody want to go, hence the prices go up as you have 20 people chasing every bed. But hell, running with the bulls is a once in a lifetime thing so it is worth spending some cash, to be able to get a few hours sleep before you risk life and limb. Best of luck

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Do a lot of people sleep in the park? Is there camp grounds near bye?

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Don’t travel or stay in Pamplona on the weekend…Pamplona is popular with Spainards too so it’s going to be more crowded on the weekends. Don’t worry about reservations. You may not get a room in a hotel, but during the festival everyone with a house or apt is renting rooms. Ask a bartender or go to the tourist kiosk and they’ll hook you up with something.

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There are a lot of tour companies that rent out campsites. We went with The Fanactics as they are the closest campsite to the town and had shuttle buses going in and out of the town. They provided tents, that were set up already for us. Just had to bring your own sleeping bags.

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I see you are going to be in Pamplona around the same time as me this year. Are you going to be using the tour companies for your trip? I talked with a few friends that go every year and they told me, what they did, was lock up all their stuff in the town center (they have lockers, to secure your things) and went to crash in the park. According to them there is a lot of people that do just that. So more then likely I think I may be doing that. Saves money!

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Lots of people do that Fbarrios….cops tend to turn a blind eye. To be honest though, you’ll be able to find a private room in somebody’s house for not much money. The tourist office should be able to hook you up when you get there

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ive ended up booking to stay at a campsite called el molino.. 25mins out of the town, but they have buses running for the festival. worked out to be about 50 euros each for 5 nights, so its pretty cheap. we are just gonna buy a cheap tent. the campsite looks like lots of fun, they have bands playing and entertainment for the festival and lots of activites.

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Try a busabout/topdeck/fanatics for packages. It tends to be 150-160 for 4 nights accomm plus transfers in. They set up your tent. Everything is done, you just need to bring a sleeping bag and your whites.

I’m staying with one of those. I think its 30 minutes out of town. But the shuttles in will help with that.

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This is great info! I’m running into the same problem….I heard about people staying in a park, but I wasn’t sure. The comment about asking at the tourist office is good too! My friend and I were going to stop in San Sebastian before Pamplona, so we were also thinking of staying there and taking a day trip or 2 into Pamplona. Has anyone done that?

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i stayed at Meson Del Barro a few years ago. i think it was $100 euro per night but 3 of us split the cost. the hotel is a 3 or 4 minute bus ride to all the action. i got the room there like maybe a month right before the festival.

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Ipgogo, i stayed in pamplona for a few days first. then went to san sebastian for a few days. i think that was a good plan and worked out great because we just rested at the beach. it was hard to find a hostel. i dont think there are many in san sebastian. though a hostel got us a very nice deal with this spanish lady. she rented us a room in her home close to the beach.

man i wish i can go back this year

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I have been attending the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain for the past three years and each time gets better and better. The first year, I had no idea what I was doing or where to go, but it turned out to be great because the Spanish people are so nice and helpful, especially in Pamplona where the Running of the Bulls is so famous. My second year I found out about

http://www.PamplonaH….

They really helped me find great places to stay, including apartments and hotels and also great balconies to view the running. I have used them ever since and always had a great time. It truly is a once in a lifetime trip.

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Read the dates of the guys posting on the threads, they have all been and gone to the fiesta years ago!

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You should check out Pamplona Housing. They have great rates and just what you are looking for. They provide apartments and also rooms if you thats what you need. I have stayed with them for the past couple festivals and they are great. Got to their website and contact them. They will answer any of your questions. Enjoy San Fermin!!!

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I just checked out the website, they charge 190 euros for bullfight ticket, 125 euros for a balcony spot and they put you up in a 4 start hotel and you pay a huge amount of money for this. I am sure that you can get this for far less elsewhere. Plus this is only the 2nd time they are organising things for the fiesta!

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Don’t buy bullfight tickets in Pamplona. Total ripoff. Given the number of tourist and high demand for tickets you’ll be paying top dollar to see inferior bulls and second rate matadors (i.e. promoters know drunken tourists wouldn’t know the difference between a good bull fight and a bad one). Save you cash and go see a real bullfight in Madrid, Seville or preferably Ronda. Also, package deals to Pamplona are for girlie-men. San Fremin Festival is one of the craziest places on earth. Why would you want a sanitized version provided by a tour company? Live dangerously (that’s what the festival is about). Show up and you’ll find a place to stay with real Spaniards for way less than you’ll pay a crappy tour company.

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